The /l/ sound is spelled with <l> or <ll>. The /ʤ/ sound is spelled with <j>, <dj> in djinn, <dge> or <ge>.
This is a contrast between a lateral continuant and an affricate, both voiced and both in the alveolar region of the mouth. In spite of the similarity it is not a problem.
The phrase Juicy Lucy can be applied pejoratively to a plump girl and in the USA is applied to a cheeseburger with the cheese melted inside the meat patty rather than on top. Other interesting pairs include:
The mean density value is 1.5%. The lists make 131 semantic distinctions, a loading of 58%.
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